They came for the sake of two charities and to play with their toys.Approximately 200 Corvettes rolled into the parking lot of the East Marlborough Wal-Mart Sunday to take part in a Corvette show sponsored by the Keystone State Corvette Club and the Corvette Club of Northern Delaware. It was the second time for the event at Wal-Mart, according to Andy Rumford, president of CCND.
He said the event was held to raise awareness, educate people and raise donations for the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation.
Miller was a Corvette enthusiast credited with creating the largest Corvette show in the world, Corvettes at Carlisle. He and friend Bill Miller founded the automotive event production company Carlise events and bought the Carlisle fair-grounds.
Chip Miller died of amyloidosis in March 2004, three months after being diagnosed with the condition in which certain proteins are abnormally deposited in organs and tissues.
While the Delaware group was raising money for the foundation, the Keystone group was raffling of a 2009 Corvette to raise money for its charity spina bifida. A total of 999 tickets were to be sold at $75 a piece. KSCC was giving $10 of that to the Chip Miller Foundation.
Among the 200 Corvettes were a few special ones, at least special to their owners or other enthusiasts.
One was a ruby red 1993 ZR-1, one of only 245 that were manufactured in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Corvette. Its owner, Marty Pinder of Mullica Hill, N.J., said he's been into 'vettes his entire adult life and that once you get bitten by that bug, there's no treatment other than to get a Corvette and enjoy it.
As for the show itself, Pinder said there couldn't have been a better way to begin November. "It's the last day to play car before winter."
Another car in the lot was one of the Indianapolis 500 pace cars from 2008. But the car that drew the most interest was the mustard yellow 2000 C5-R driven by both Dale Earnhardt and his son dale Earnhardt Jr. in the 2001 Rolex 24 at Daytona Raceway.